For immediate release | November 15, 2011

Adam Goodman and James Hilton featured speakers at ALCTS Virtual Symposium

CHICAGO - “Launching Your Star Potential: Leadership for Today's Libraries,” an ALCTS Virtual Symposium, launches Jan. 9, 2012 with Dr. Adam Goodman and ends Jan. 13, 2012 with Dr. James Hilton. These thought-provoking presentations from outstanding content leaders focus on important aspects of leadership in an ever changing environment. The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to present this virtual Midwinter symposium to the library community.

All presentations begin at 2 p.m. EST. Registration is open at ALCTS Events. Discounted registration for all five and group rates are available. Current LIS student members of the American Library Association are free. Join your colleagues for this important event just before the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

Keynote Address: “I'm Your Leader: the Fundamentals of Effective Leadership”

Adam Goodman, Center for Leadership, Northwestern University

Dr. Adam Goodman is an award-winning educator, researcher and trusted advisor to leaders of companies, non-profit groups and other organizations. He directs Northwestern University’s Center for Leadership, which offers academic and applied leadership development programs for undergraduate students, Ph.D. students and high potential staff. He is a faculty member and teaches leadership courses in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, teaches leadership coaching in the Kellogg School of Management and teamwork and decision making in the School of Communication.

An active consultant today and for more than 25 years, he has advised more than 100 CEOs, senior officers, executive teams and boards of directors and given hundreds of invited speeches and workshops in the United States and around the world. Clients include the American Library Association-Public Library Association, Ball Corp., the Government of Canada, Drupal, Kaiser Permanente, the National Association of State Budget Officers, Navigant, New Belgium Brewing and TIAA-CREF. He was a co-founder or partner of three management consulting firms and a board member of Solbourne Computer Inc. until its acquisition by Deloitte.

His current projects include the development of 6 Leadership Questions® (an assessment and learning tool), a data intensive enterprise-wide web portal for leadership and teamwork assessments, and training programs for leadership coaching. He was the founding co-chair of the Research Section of the International Leadership Association, the world’s largest association devoted to leadership and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johnson & Wales University. He is widely published and has received numerous grants for his work

For 12 years, Dr. Goodman was president and CEO of the University of Colorado’s Leadership Institute, the nation’s oldest leadership studies program. During his tenure, the Institute became the nation’s largest teaching and research program in higher education dedicated to the study and practice of leadership. Previously, he was a Special Assistant to the President of the University of Colorado with responsibility for external and student affairs.

Dr. Goodman earned a master's degree in management and a Ph.D. in leadership from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, where he was a Presidential Fellow.

"Fads in leadership come and go. Bookstore shelves bow under the weight of leadership manuals offering solutions to complex problems, but in my 25-plus years as a student and scholar of leadership, and as an advisor to leaders around the world, I have learned that there is no single set of generic rules, ancient secrets, or effective habits that will make you a great leader." he said. "Instead, this session offers a roadmap for you to solve your own leadership challenges through an engaging and authentic question-based model."

This session springs from three key research findings:

  • First, good leaders solve problems. However, great leaders begin by asking the right questions to make sure the right problem is solved.
  • Second, leadership looks complex and is often practiced that way. However, leadership is really organized into five straightforward themes that can be mastered: vision, values, action, situation and the relationship between leaders and followers.
  • Third, leaders don’t emerge from factories with pre-programmed styles, habits or rules. Instead, successful leaders understand and work from their own strengths while building a team around them to close needed gaps.

You will learn how to apply these insights to routinely identify, diagnose and solve leadership challenges.

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

Closing Session: “Leading Change”

James Hilton, vice president and chief information officer, University of Virginia

Dr. Hilton is responsible for planning and coordinating academic and administrative information technology, voice communications and network operations on a university-wide basis. He is an advocate of strong collaboration between academic and technology cultures in university environments. He is also a professor in the Department of Psychology.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Hilton was the associate provost for academic information and instructional technology affairs and a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan in the Institute for Social Research and in the Psychology Department, where he served as the chair of undergraduate studies between 1991 and 2000. He is a three-time recipient of the LS &A Excellence in Education award, has been named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (1997-2006) and received the Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award. He has published extensively in the areas of information technology policy, person perception, stereotypes and the psychology of suspicion. Mr. Hilton received a B. A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in 1981 and a Ph.D. from the social psychology program at Princeton University in 1985.

"Many of our core conceptions of leadership and the nature of change do not mesh with current reality," he said. "Leaders, we often think, are crowned - created and blessed by the hierarchy to do the will of the organization. Similarly, we often think of change as rare and the product of careful planning. The reality is that leadership has little to do with hierarchy, and change is both ubiquitous and emergent. In this session, we will talk about the role of leadership throughout the organization and strategies for leading effectively in a world of constant change."

Registration is open and available by going to ALCTS Virtual Symposium. The registration fee for each webinar is: $39 for ALCTS members, $49 for individuals, $99 for groups, current student members of ALA are free. Special pricing is available if you register for all five webinars: $156 for ALCTS members, $196 for individuals, $450 for groups.

For more information, please visit the Events and Conferences section of the ALCTS website at You may also contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education Manager,